PopSockle and the Bryans — The Cincinnati Masters Doubles Finals

Jack Sock Vasek Pospisil PopSock Bryans doubles final huge crowd packed house
Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil confer before a point in the packed Grandstand stadium at the Cincinnati Masters tournament doubles final, 2014.

At the draw party for the Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati Masters, Jack Sock was asked how he and Vasek Pospisil began their powerhouse doubles partnership. It had apparently been very simple–Jack had known he needed someone with a higher ranking in order to get into the Wimbledon draw. A couple months before the event, he asked Pospisil if he’d be interested in teaming up for the grass Slam event.

The Canadian player had said, “Sure, as long as my back isn’t hurting, I’ll play.” His back was fine, the two teamed up, and BOOM! Wimbledon champions. Then they were Atlanta champions and, not counting the walkover they gave up in Canada, the wonder duo was looking at a pretty impressive undefeated 14-0 record as they headed into the Cincinnati finals.

The Bryan Brothers were looking for payback for that 5-set Wimby loss, however, and they came out full throttle in the Cincy rematch. Here are a ton of pics from the event, and you can click many of them for large-sized shots of the doubles action.

Jack Sock Vashy Popsicle arrive by Grandstand Court stairs

Here are PopSockle arriving on court. In my coverage of Grandstand matches, I found that 90% of players never look over at the photographer’s pit. Vashy is in that 10%, and he looks over a lot.

Vasek Pospisil Jack Sock doubles final

Mike and Bob Bryan entering Grandstand Court Cincy

Here are the Bryans heading onto court. I didn’t realize that Bob peeked over as well.

Bob and Mike Bryan on Grandstand Court Western and Southern Open

Jack Sock Vasek Pospisil fans coin toss doubles final Cincinnati Masters

These winners of the coin toss experience seem to be quite enamored with Popsicle. In fact, I think this pic below might be described as having a “moment.”

Vashy Pospisil Popsicle fans Grandstand Court coin toss

And the match begins…

Jack Sock pretty face service motion photos
Pretty boy Jack about to serve…
Vasek Pospisil volley
Vashy with a quick volley…
Vashy Pospisil Jack Sock doubles chat Cincy final
Sometimes it’s tough to tell where one guy ends and the other guy begins…
Vashy at net
Popsicle guarding the net…

(Go on to PAGE 2 for more PopSockle and Bryan Brothers action…)

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